BURGAW — Pender County has a new fire marshal, a Virginia native who has worked in public service since 1979.
Throughout his 40-plus year career, Mark Haraway served as a firefighter, training officer, deputy fire marshal, special operations coordinator, fire chief, deputy fire chief, and now will add fire marshal to his resume. Haraway indicated in a press release from the county that his passion to serve is inherent: It comes from a family line of public service.
“My grandfather was a police officer for 32 years, my dad was in the volunteer rescue squad and a career firefighter for 37 years, my uncle was a career firefighter, so it was kind of like the family business,” Haraway said.
He began volunteering at 16 years old at the rescue squad and was a Red Cross CPR and First Aid instructor. By 18, he had joined the volunteer fire department and later on in his career, Haraway published a teaching text, Large Scale Incident Management.
“I retired in 2014 and moved to Tennessee, where I continued to work as Deputy Fire Marshal for Sevier and Knox Counties, then as the Deputy Fire Chief for the 134th Aire Refueling Wing for the Air National Guard,” he said in a release.
However, Haraway noted his wife’s desire to relocate to North Carolina to be near family pulled him out of retirement.
In his “free time,” he enjoys teaching fire science and Incident Command System (ICS) classes.
Haraway’s experience has impacted several state-appointed boards, including Hazardous Materials Regulatory Control, North Carolina Department of Insurance (NCDOI) Rescue Development program, NCDOI Universal Commercial Code (UCC) Training Group, North Carolina Emergency Management Traffic Incident Management Systems (TIMS) Development Committee, and the North Carolina Emergency Management All-Hazard Incident Management Team (AHIMT) Development Committee.
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